COLLEGE BASKETBALL—In Kansas City SOUTH CAROLINA-SPARTANBURG beat Biola of California 51-38 to win the NAIA championships. SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE won the women's title, 80-45 over Missouri Southern.
PRO BASKETBALL—Atlantic Division leader Boston started the week by winning its eighth straight game, 111-101 over Detroit, and ninth, 121-100 over Indiana. The Celtics then beat New Jersey 113-109 and Phoenix 105-92 for their 10th and 11th in a row. With 64 seconds remaining in Phoenix's 103-95 victory over Washington, Jeff Ruland of the Bullets got off a right to the head of the Suns' Alvan Adams. After Adams picked himself up off the floor, both men found themselves on the bench for what remained of the game. Three days later Commissioner Larry O'Brien fined Ruland ($1,000) and Adams ($650) and 11 others for fighting. Ten of those combatants were involved in a brawl that occurred during a San Diego-Seattle game on March 7. The way New York Coach Red Holzman summed up the Knicks' 126-112 defeat of the Utah Jazz was, "Control." Just how much control they needed is debatable. It was the Jazz's 11th loss in their last 12 outings. By Sunday Atlanta (107-91), Cleveland (121-115) and Central Division-leading Milwaukee (129-100) had handed Utah losses 12, 13 and 14. Injury victim-cum-free agent Paul Westphal made his first appearance on an NBA floor since a stress fracture of his right foot sidelined him on Feb. 17, 1981, when he wore a Seattle uniform. Westphal, a five-time All-Star guard, scored 19 points, but didn't stop the Knicks from losing 109-99 to Washington. Pacific Division leader Los Angeles defeated Kansas City 105-99 and Dallas 138-116 and lost 111-105 to Chicago, while San Antonio, pacesetter in the Midwest Division, fell 121-113 to the Mavericks, 138-127 to the Clippers and 112-108 to the Trail Blazers. Basketballs don't have wings, but nobody told New Jersey's Darwin Cook. At the buzzer ending the third quarter against Phoenix, Cook let loose from 74 feet and made three points as the Nets beat Phoenix 113-105. It was the Nets' 11th win in 17 games against Phoenix, the best New Jersey has done against any NBA team (page 64).
BOWLING—MAL ACOSTA defeated Tommy Hudson 229-189 to win the $110,000 Fair Lanes Open in Hyattsville, Md.
GOLF—HALE IRWIN broke a three-way tie with Tom Kite and George Burns on the 72nd hole to win the $400,000 Inverrary Classic in Lauderhill, Fla. with a 19-under-par 269.
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Tom Kite scored a chip-in birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the rain-delayed Bay Hill Classic in Orlando, Fla. Kite, Jack Nicklaus and Denis Watson finished regulation play at 278, six under par.
HOCKEY—Winless since Dec. 23, Los Angeles Goalie Mario Lessard shut out Colorado 2-0, upset Edmonton 3-2 and then handed the Islanders their first shutout in 152 games, 3-0, as the Kings had their best week of the year. Wayne Gretzky was held scoreless by L.A. and was shut out again as Buffalo handed the Oilers another 3-2 defeat. For the week, Gretzky, who has 82 goals and 108 assists for the season, got five assists, three of them as Edmonton broke a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over Vancouver. Monday the New York Rangers defeated the Red Wings 6-3. Three days later they met them again, this time in Detroit, and beat them again, 4-1. These defeats were merely two low points in a bad week for Detroit: Boston sent the Red Wings to their ninth straight loss, 5-3; the Norris family, which has owned the team for 50 years, put it up for sale; and Coach Wayne Maxner was fired and replaced by Billy Dea. Norris Division leader Minnesota beat St. Louis twice, 3-2 and 8-1, and tied the Islanders 4-4. Montreal, atop the Adams Division, beat Hartford 5-0, Chicago 4-0 and Boston twice, 4-2 and 5-2 (page 24).
FIGURE SKATING—SCOTT HAMILTON of the U.S. won the men's world championships for the second year in a row, in Copenhagen. ELAINE ZAYAK of the U.S. was the women's title winner. Jayne Torwill and Christopher Dean of Great Britain triumphed in the dance competition, and Sabina Baess and Tassilo Thierbach of East Germany won the pairs.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: For the first time since last year's championship game, New York met St. Louis. Again, Eastern Division-leading New York won 6-5, with Arrows' Forward Steve Zungul scoring five straight goals. The Steamers then beat Memphis 3-2 in overtime; that, combined with New York's 4-3 win over Wichita, also in OT, maintained St. Louis' 6½-game Western Division lead.
SWIMMING—VLADIMIR SALNIKOV of the Soviet Union broke two freestyle world records in Moscow, his own mark of 14:58.27 in the 1,500 meter-with a clocking of 14:56.35 and the 400-meter record of 3:50.49 established by Peter Schmidt of Canada with a time of 3:49.57.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL beat Tomas Smid to win the $300,000 Munich Open 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2.
Martina Navratilova defeated Mima Jausovec 6-3, 6-2 to win the $200,000 Avon Championships of Dallas.
TRACK & FIELD—For the third consecutive year TEXAS-EL PASO, led by SULEIMAN NYAMBUI, who won the mile for the fourth straight time and the two-mile for the third year, won the NCAA indoor championships, beating Arkansas 67-30 in Pontiac, Mich. (page 58).
Nebraska won the AIAW indoor title, outscoring second-place Tennessee 84-64 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. MERLENE OTTEY of Nebraska broke her own world indoor record of 32.75 in the 300-yard dash with a time of 32.63, and Tennessee's DELISA WALTON established a women's world indoor mark in the 600-yard run with a clocking of 1:17.38, surpassing by 1.18 seconds the record set by Rosalyn Dunlap of Missouri in January.
WRESTLING—THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA became the first school to win five straight years as it defeated runner-up Iowa State 131.75-111 at the NCAA championships in Ames, Iowa. The individual champions were: 118 pounds, BARRY DAVIS of Iowa; 126, DAN CUESTAS of Cal State-Bakersfield; 134, C.D. MOCK of North Carolina; 142, ANDRE METZGER of Oklahoma; 150, NATE CARR of Iowa State; 158, JIM ZALESKY of Iowa; 167, DAVE SCHULTZ of Oklahoma; 177, MARK SCHULTZ of Oklahoma; 190, PETE BUSH of Iowa; heavyweight, BRUCE BAUMGARTNER of Indiana State (page 22).
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To the Baseball Hall of Fame, ALBERT (Happy) CHANDLER, 83, and TRAVIS JACKSON, 78. Chandler served as baseball commissioner from 1945 to 1951, and Jackson, a .291 career hitter, was the New York Giants' shortstop from 1922 to 1936, when he was regarded as the best fielder at his position.
FIRED: By the St. Louis Blues, RED BERENSON, 42, the 1980-81 NHL Coach of the Year. The Blues were 28-34-6 when Berenson was replaced by the interim coach, EMILE FRANCIS.
As coach of the-Cleveland Cavaliers, after only three months on the job, CHUCK DALY, 51, whose record was 9-32. He was replaced on an interim basis by BILL MUSSELMAN, 41.
As University of Texas basketball coach, ABE LEMONS, 59, after six seasons and a 110-63 record. Lemons guided the Longhorns to 14 straight victories at the beginning of the 1981-82 season but saw them lose 11 of their last 13 games and tie for seventh in the Southwest Conference.
As Arizona State basketball coach, NED WULK, 60, after 25 years and a 406-272 record. The Sun Devils were 13-14 in 1981-82.